|Top of the Hill||Boots and Blisters||Who's Who and New|
|Member Spotlight||Special Notes||Disclaimer/Copyright|
|Top of the Hill||by Adam Hernandez , President|
I've been on missions throughout the night and while we are carrying the subject someone slips within 1/2 mile of incident base. I know that at times, usually between 6-7 am, after a full night out, I see the base camp and start to relax. Both mentally and physically. I've seen this happen a few times on La Luz. We get an early view of the parking lot and within a few minutes someone slips.
Reasons? Holding the litter for an hour or so, on one side, we trudge on. Our arms seem to be a couple of inches longer or our back just out of kilter from bending over, on the high side. I would like to see us switching a little more often and pacing ourselves. We have a tendency to keep carrying the litter just up to, or past our physical limit. This makes it hard to recover when our feet do slip. If you want to switch sides on the litter, stop it and switch. Anyone can halt the litter. I would rather that you switch sides and have your body readjust. Now both arms can be long. Besides, I know that sometimes we hold out longer than we need to and there is sometimes a sigh of relief when we do take a minute.
The other reason is that mentally we relax before the job is done. It's like racing, we work hard during the race and then we glide past the finish line. We still need to be aware of what we are doing all the way up to the finish line/incident base. We are not done carrying the subject until we get them out of the litter and hand them over to someone else. This is extremely hard at 7:30am, after being out all night. So try to race through the finish line and think past the hand off. Mentally think past incident base.
And last but not least, make it home safely. If you are sleepy, take a few minutes at base and get some coffee or sleep for a few minutes or hours. I have seen a few members, me included, that have been TOTALLY EXHAUSTED after a mission get in their vehicle and drive home. I think that there are more than a few times that we should taken a few minutes to relax and rest before we drive home. Don't rush to get home. If you're sleepy, you might not make it.
110% Making sure that you and your team is mentally aware and physically fit to complete the mission, and get back home safely.
|Boots and Blisters||by Tony Gaier, Training Officer|
Updates have been made to the training schedule, please check it often for newly posted information. There was a good turnout for both the January 13th search training and winter skills/bivy on the 27th. It was a warm 0 degrees Sunday morning!
This month's training is on the 11th at 9AM. It is a day navigation training at a location near Placitas. There was a second training on the 24th, but it was cancelled so not to conflict with the February evaluation.
In March there is only one training. It is on March 10th at 9:00AM. It is a litter training at Three Gun Spring Trailhead. This training will focus on litter packaging and hauling, but will have some navigation and radio communication training embedded.
The February pre-meeting training is the first part of a three part navigation training. The March pre-meeting training is information on the Global Positioning System (GPS).
If you have any questions or concerns with upcoming training events please call or email me.
|Who's Who and New||by Mike Dugger, Membership Officer|
Please join me in welcoming Adam Pahls as a prospective member. I conducted an orientation for Adam, and he has all his gear and is ready to participate in missions, deploying with a full member. He is on Tony's branch of the phone tree, and thanks to Tony for agreeing to be Adam's mentor. Say hello and get to know our newest prospective.
|Member Spotlights: Adam Hernandez|
I spent most of my early childhood riding my bike and playing in the foothills of the Sandias. At Sandia High School my brothers and I spent many weekends hiking around and doing other stuff, eg. rappelling with marginal ropes, drinking beer and just hiking around in the mountains.
After graduating from high school and spending a semester at UNM, I joined the Marine Corps. Actually, I really liked boot camp. Even the part were they called me a sauerkraut burrito, since my mother was from Berlin and my father was New Mexican. After various tech schools I ended up in North Carolina fixing various radar parts of various aircraft. I decided then that I loved New Mexico; blue skies, no humidity, no bugs. Not that bugs are bad, but holy cow, cockroaches that fly and that are not afraid of the light? Not for me.
When I came back to Albuquerque, I worked at a lumber yard for a year or so and then joined Summit Electric Supply, and have been there ever since. After a few years I did what everyone should not do and married a girl I met there. We both really like to travel and camp. We've driven down to Baja to see the whales, been on safaris in Africa, and various places in between. The most recent adventure is my daughter, now eight. Coming from a family of five boys and no girls, this should be interesting.
I've been a member of Cibola SAR since 2001, and have fully enjoyed myself. First mission: Antoinette, a fake call out. Worst moment: Going through trash to look for clues. Everything must be up from here. Most memorable: High school student on the La Luz, her father greeted us at incident base and tearfully thanked everyone on the mission. Why do I do this? To help other people. To learn more about the outdoors. To give back to the community.
I give thanks to my wife and family.
Taken from http://usmilitary.about.com/od/airforce/l/blaffitness.htm -- submitted by Adam Hernandez
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